Pictured with the award: (left to right): Miranda Bradley, Katya Williams, Vanessa Potter.
LAKES PLAYGROUND ACTION GROUP GAIN CIVIC AWARD
The Lakes Playground Action Group have received a major Croydon award.
They were joint winners of group of the year in the Mayor’s Civic awards – which they share with Croydon Hearing.
The Lakes Playground Action Group was formed four years ago, set up by a group the of local volunteers with an aim to restore the “much loved but sadly dilapidated playground” at South Norwood lake and grounds.
A Lakes spokeswoman told News From Crystal Palace: “After years of hard work consulting with the local community, fundraising and applying for grants, the summer of 2016 has seen all our efforts come to a head as we reached our initial £100k fundraising target.
“Being recognised for this work through nomination for a Civic Award was a real honour and to actually win when over 150 entries were received has been the icing on the cake of a terrific few months for us.
“We are still accepting donations to our Just Giving Campaign as any money above the inital target will fund extra equipment.”
A Croydon council spokesman said: “The fifth annual Mayor’s Civic Awards celebration has recognised and honoured the efforts and achievements of local people and organisations who have strived to make Croydon a better place to live and work.
“The 14 finalists who attended the awards ceremony in the Braithwaite hall, Croydon Clocktower were drawn from more than 150 nominations made earlier in the year by members of the public.
“They included fundraisers, volunteer carers, people who volunteer in spite of the personal difficulties they face themselves, organisations that promote volunteers, and young volunteers.”
Opening the ceremony, the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, said: “This evening we showcase and celebrate the achievements of people who have dedicated their lives to working freely for the benefit of others.
“We celebrate passionate people who are tireless in campaigning to improve their communities with little or no resources, people who are creating a better future for young people, businesses, groups and organisations that put social values and community at the heart of everyday life.”
Judges examined each entry and scored achievements against criteria designed to identify those people who had gone further than others and made a real difference to their community. (Sources: Lakes Playground Action Group / (Source: Croydon council press release)
CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET
The biggest news this week is that the Crystal Palace branch of The Grain Grocer finally has a new name. They will be called The Store Cupboard – we like this, as it does what it says on the tin! Find their new Facebook page here and twitter here. See below for the rest of their news.
Thank you to everyone who voted us onto the Timeout Love London Awards shortlist 2016 . Vote for your favourites in Crystal Palace here (we’re listed under shops – I guess 22 stalls adds up to a big shop!). A vote for us is of course a vote for all our local stall holders and small farms, and it means a great deal to them all.
Vote here for the Timeout Love London Awards.
Guest stalls this week – Antenna Cafe site
Guest lunch – Meru Galettes Galettes & crepes, made by Gabriel & Michelle.
Elvira: Savoury Tart
Gluten free – Elvira’s Secret Pantry Elvira is cooking up “Sweets – NEW spiced pumpkin pocket puffs, pumpkin and chocolate cake, lemon poppy seed polenta cake, chocolate and pear cake, blueberry and almond tart, vegan chocolate and cherry mini loaves, mixed berries muffins. Savouries – NEW sausage rolls, spinach and leek flan, mushroom tart, aubergine and courgette flan, NEW asparagus and artichokes quiche.”
Preserves – Christine’s Creative All Sorts Christine says “At Creative All Sorts this week there is an abundance of Autumn flavours. Thanks to the recent apple and quince harvests, jellies are the star this week – Rosemary Apple Jelly to use with lamb, chicken or squashes, Rowan Apple Jelly that stands up beautifully to venison or other game, Spiced Apple Jelly that’s perfect with roast pork or cold ham, and a Japanese Quince Jelly with Star Anise that would be brilliant with a good cheddar.
There is also Quince Jam, Spicy Pumpkin Chutney, Yellow Courgette Marmalade, Perfect Piccalilli, pickled cucumbers and radishes… a good long list! I will also have bronze sprayed pinecones to add a warm glow to your Christmas decoration hoard.”
London Smoke & Cure: Smoked things
Smokery – London Smoke & Cure Ross says “Hi everyone. It has been a busy week up at the smokery having just concluded a few days of open house tours. We really enjoyed having people round and showing them all of the honest techniques we use to create our produce. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we’re doing it again. Come and let us know if you’d like a visit.
We’re also taking the first of our Christmas pre-orders which is getting really exciting. We’re offering a 10% discount for our Crystal Palace customers placing these before 12th December. Contact 0783 783 8241, [email protected], or come down to the stall and talk through what you’re after.
We’ve got our brand new packaging for our sashimi-grade smoked salmon which we’re rather proud of. We’d love to hear what you think so we can take it into account for other lines.
Hellas Farms: ready to eat beans
Plus we’ve got some glorious smoked cooking mozzarella, and some smoked camembert that’s just coming into its own. There’ll be smoked chicken and our famous smoked duck has 25% off for this week only. Along with a host of other bits and bobs, if you like smoked or cured food we’re sure to have something for you. Cheers and we look forward to seeing you.”
Mediterranean – Hellas Farm Ready to eat beans, oils and more.
Crystal Palace Transition Town Choir – come along, learn some songs & perform at the market with your new friends. All new voices welcome!
Guest stalls this week – Courtyard site
Cheese – Rupert’s Cheese Small batches, made in Brixton, and some from Spain.
Hot sauces – Mr D’s Sauces Hot sauces made by Joe.
Wine – Grape Juice Wines Nick says “”It’s great to be back at the market this weekend and we’ll be bringing down a fantastic sparkling Brut Riesling to rival any Champagne, an organic white wine from Umbria which is full bodied and wonderfully powerful plus a dry Riesling fresh from winning 89 points in ‘Riesling of the World’. For the reds we have new stock including an excellent Fluerie, an intense Valpolicella Ripasso plus an 92 point Rioja – something for everyone and a perfect selection for this time of year”
Norwood Society – talk to the people preserving our local history.
Weekly stalls – Courtyard site
The Store Cupboard: The Grain Grocer has a new name!
Storecupboard refills – The Store Cupboard Sarah says “Big news this week is that we have a new name at last! The Grain Grocer at Crystal Palace officially relaunches as The Store Cupboard this weekend. Still selling a wide range of organic wholefoods, herbal teas, eco cleaning and laundry product refills, olive oil, seaweed, superfoods and more – all by weight or volume. Still working to reduce food and packaging waste – buy just the amount you need and bring your own containers for a 5% discount.
BreadBread sourdough on sale every Saturday – come early to make sure you get your loaf or order in advance by emailing Sarah on [email protected]
Pre-ordering – from this Saturday you can pop in and leave your order with us and we will get it packed up ready for you to collect when you’ve done the rest of your shopping. You can also email us your orders for collection on Friday or Saturday and pay on collection [cash or card].
Takeaway teas – you can now get a whole range of organic herbal teas to warm your cockles on these brisker autumn days. Black, Green Sencha & Rooibos also available. Or ask for a little taster of any of our teas to help you decide which ones you like. We look forward to seeing you soon!” For more updates, like them on Facebookor follow them on twitter.
Claude’s Boulangerie: New bread stall
Bread & patisserie – Claude’s Boulangerie and Patisserie Dwight says “You must try our Rustic Bread Old fashion French light brown bread. Sourdough lovers should try it despite it’s a proper sourdough as it uses yeast – it has amazing texture slightly chewy with a thin crust lightly dark which gives it a perfect contrast between the inside and the crusts. Plus kids love it too. New bread multi cereal : Brown bread with organic Wholemeal flour, Org White flour, cereals salt , yeast and water. Great loaf for breakfast easy to digest. See you at the market.”
Collectables market – our neighbour market Haynes Lane Market, a treasure trove of collectables.
Weekly stalls – Antenna Cafe site
Lunch – Comfort & Joy Deli stall selling salads, pies, wraps (hot or cold), pies, thai chicken curry from Andrea.
Brett & Bailey: White chocolate & passion fruit cheesecake
Cakes – Brett & Bailey Joe says “This Saturday’s cake parade sees the return of our heavenly white chocolate and passion fruit cheesecake. We’ll also have chocolate Guinness cake, double carrot cake, apple and salted caramel cake, and another outing for our delectable caramel pear cake, which comes with caramel vanilla pears and caramelised white chocolate buttercream.
There’ll also be spiced plum crumble cake with walnuts and stem ginger, peanut butter bars, wedges of pumpkin pecan pie, indulgent triple chocolate cookies, dark chocolate brownies with white chocolate chunks and pecans, the usual basket of sticky buns, and bomboloni filled with our special recipe gianduja and topped with a sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts.
We’ll also have our range of handmade jams for you to taste. Choose from local plum and rose, pear and ginger, strawberry and rhubarb, or apricot and vanilla. Missing the market? Remember that the Brett & Bailey online shop is always open. See you soon!”
Vegetables, salad, herbs & fruit – Brambletye Fruit Farm, Brockmans & Wild Country Organics.
Brockmans – Jason says “BIG beautiful Biodynamic January Kings and Spring Greens feature this week. Other new lines include Spaghetti Squash, Fennel and a variety of Peppers. Also despite the colder weather we still have Tomatoes and Aubergines from the tunnels. All in all we will be bringing a wide variety of fantastic fresh produce to markets this weekend. Plus – Gala Apples; Conference Pears; 4 Varieties of Squash; Rainbow Carrots; 4 Varieties of Kale; Lettuces; Mixed salad; Baking Potatoes; Cucumbers; Celery; Onions; Leeks; 3 Types of Beetroot; Turmeric & Ginger.”
Local growing project – Patchwork Farm (a Crystal Palace Transition Town project), selling locally grown food from our community gardens & gluts. Get involved and bring in your gluts – or come and man the stall for an hour or so on a Saturday (email Christine if you’re interested in either). Quinces coming in this week. Get your copy of21 stories from Transition book – where the market & Patchwork Farm are featured. Find out more about Transition Towns.
Gill Wing Farm: Farmer/butcher Andrew
Meat – Gill Wing Farm Meat produced sustainably in East Sussex and Kent. We’ll have lamb and chickens from Gill Wing Farm – beef from Tottingworth Farm in Heathfield, and fresh wild venison direct from High Hearstwood. Find sausages (beef, lamb, venison), slow roasts, mince, joints and whole chickens too. Andrew butchers much of the meat himself – find him on the stall most weeks.
Raw milk, butter & other dairy – Hook & Son Organically produced in Kent.
Fish – Veasey’s Dan says “We are well into our Autumn/Winter season now and we are seeing fair catches of the following: Cod, Plaice, Skate (Ray), Gurnard, Grey Mullet. This is a good idea of what we will have this week.
We will also have the old favourites such as our Fish Pie Mix, Freshly Dressed Crabs, Sea Bass Fillets, Sushi Quality Tuna & Organic Salmon. From the smokery this week with have the classics, Cold Smoked Cod & Haddock and our own Hot Smoked Salmon. All the best, see you next week! Dan”
Orders can be taken over email, by phone 01342 822906, via dm on twitter @fishmongersFR or even by Royal Mail. Veasey’s will do everything to accommodate your seafood needs. Check out their recipes here.
Locally made art & crafts – Handmade Palace
Cafe – our friends at Antenna Cafe.
The Foodbank – collection point at the market every week. Latest drop off (Tuesday 6 September) 30 kilos. Total donated so far 1050 kilos.
New Crystal Palace Transition Town Choir – Katie Rose says “It’s long been a dream of mine to run a choir with Crystal Palace Transition Town friends and it’s now coming true at Crystal Palace’s beautiful new arts centre The Paxton Centre – yay! Come and join the chorus from Nov 2nd – we’ll be warbling and wassailing into midwinter – all voices welcome!”
Check out the new community arts space on Anerley Hill – The Paxton Centre. Here’s their latest newsletter.
We are proud to be part of Crystal Palace Transition Town. Wondering who we are, what we do, or how you could get involved? Our blog section is a great place to start or this talk given by Joe Duggan, one of the co-chairs.
Follow us on twitter @CPFoodMarket or join us on Facebook.
CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET bottom of Haynes Lane / top of Bedwardine Road. Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm.
Now on two sites – the normal Antenna car park site and also in the Haynes Lane market courtyard.
“Meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, honey, bread, cakes, salads, hot foods, the Cafe Thing, coffee, tea, pastries, cheese, dairy and munch munch more.”
West Norwood Food bank collection: every week at the market. Their shopping list – which changes every so often. – can be found at http://norwoodbrixton.foodbank.org.uk
(The above is copied from an email; which mentions various links – for full links please go to the market website – Thanks)